Wildcats finish sixth at SW

Friday, January 5, 2007
Holding up under pressure Cassville's Kelby Haynes, #30, works the ball around Wheaton defender Sean Crane, #15, during last night's consolation game of the Southwest Holiday Tournament. The Bulldogs earned the win. Crane had 14 points in the contest and Haynes led all scorers with 18. Democrat Photo (b)

While most teenagers were sleeping in, playing video games and just relaxing this holiday break, the Cassville High School boys and girls basketball teams were working hard to improve their seasons. The Cassville Boys traveled to the Southwest Tournament and finished the tournament in sixth place with a 1-2 record.

The Wildcats' first opponent was the Pierce City Eagles. Cassville led early, but the Eagles came back with a large second quarter that was enough to beat the 'Cats 54-47. Senior Tim Orrell led Cassville with 16 points, four steals and three three-point field goals. Junior Kelby Haynes also helped with 6 points, shooting 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line, as well as tallying four assists and grabbing two steals.

Other contributors were: Cory Howard with a season high four assists and two steals; Dannon Rose, 8 points, a team high six rebounds and three steals; Clint Reed, 6 points and two steals; Chris Born, 5 points and two steals; Ryan Schlichtman, 4 points; and Marcus Henry, 2 points and his first assist of the season.

The loss sent Cassville to face Southwest who had also lost their first game. The Wildcats had seen the Trojans before as they faced them the very first game of the season, and won 62-47.

This game would fall much along those same lines. After a big second quarter, the Wildcats took a 36-26 lead in at halftime. They did not let down in the third quarter, extending their lead by nine. In the last frame, the Trojans attempted a come-back, but it just wouldn't be enough and Southwest fell to Cassville 69-58.

Orrell had a huge night for the Wildcats, scoring a season high and team season high of 24 points. Orrell shot 80 percent (4-5) from the line, and hit six treys. The senior also doled out a season high four assists and grabbed two steals.

Haynes also had a good night, shooting a season high for him of 18 points and going perfect from the line (4-4). Other contributors were Reed: 6 points off of 86 percent shooting from the free-throw line, six assists and two steals; Rose, 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals; Howard, 7 points and two steals; Born, 1 point and two steals; Schlichtman: a season high two assists; Henry, 2 points; and Ethan Couch, 1 point.

For Southwest, Codie Harmon led with 19 points and shot 88 percent (7-8) from the line. Caleb Mitchell contributed four steals.

In their final game of the tournament, the Wildcats took on Wheaton to battle for fifth place. The Bulldogs were 5-4 and fresh off a victory over Exeter.

Wheaton put up a quick 6 points, but the Wildcats struck right back with a 7-0 run, giving them their first and only lead of the game. Wheaton put 9 more points in before the first quarter ended, leaving the score at 15-7. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs did not let up and immediately jumped off with an 11-2 run that helped them to the halftime score of 28-13.

After the half Wheaton came out strong again expanding their lead to 18. The Wildcats then closed the gap to 11 after a 7-0 run brought the game to 35-24, but Wheaton seemed to answer everything the Wildcats did, putting together a 6-1 run with just under two minutes left in the third and elevating the score to 41-25.

In the fourth quarter, Cassville made one more attempt at a comeback before Wheaton put the game away and earned a 58-42 victory.

The Wildcats had 19 turnovers, which wasn't too bad except that the first eight came in the first quarter, allowing Wheaton to gain a large advantage. Another factor that hurt the Wildcats was their 46 percent (6-13) shooting from the free-throw line while the Bulldogs made 83 percent (10-12) of theirs.

Individually, Haynes had a very good game, scoring 18 points, going 100 percent from the line (4-4), grabbing eight rebounds and providing three assists. Rose also had a good game, pulling down eight rebounds and tallying five steals.

Other contributors included: Reed, 12 points from four treys and two steals; Orrell 4 points and two steals; Howard, two steals; Schlichtman, 3 points; and Henry, 1 point.

For Wheaton, Jakob Hughes led the team with 15 points followed by Sean Crane with 14. Other point-getters were: Tylor Bigham 11, Chris Musick 10 and Craig Davidson 8. Davidson was also credited with 12 rebounds.

Cassville now falls to 3-8 and will start conference play on Friday against Aurora.

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